Cabbage Wontons

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four ingredient cabbage wontons

What’s Up, Hungry People!

These cabbage wontons are a super quick alternative to their rolled counterpart, the egg roll! I really craved egg rolls to go with my beef stir fry, but ended up settling for something smaller, yet equally delicious – cabbage-filled wontons.

I’ve previously shared a seriously simple egg roll recipe, which was one of the first ever recipes on my blog. So, I thought it would be fitting to breathe new life into it by using essentially the same ingredients. The best part is that you can actually find prepackaged cabbage as cole slaw mix (without the slaw dressing), making this dish even easier to prepare.

Here’s What You’ll Need

ingredients for cabbage wontons
  • Cabbage or cole slaw mix: Provides the main filling for the wontons, adding a crisp texture and a mild, earthy flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Adds a savory umami taste to the filling and enhances the overall flavor.
  • Garlic: Provides a fragrant and aromatic element, enhancing the taste of the cabbage filling.
  • Wonton wrappers: Serve as the outer casing for the wontons, holding the filling and creating a crispy texture when fried.
  • Water or oil for sealing: Used to moisten the edges of the wonton wrappers, helping to seal them together during the folding process.
  • Vegetable oil for frying: Required for frying the wontons, giving them a golden brown and crispy exterior.

Quick and Easy Preparation

To get started, quickly sauté the cabbage in a teaspoon of sesame or olive oil until it’s just barely wilted. Then, add a splash of soy sauce and stir until most of the moisture has dissolved. Allow the filling to cool for a few minutes before attempting to fold it into the wonton wrappers.

folded wontons

Folding and Frying

Seal each corner of the wonton wrapper by moistening it with a little water and pinch the edges closed. Now, you’re ready to fry! You can either use a deep fryer set to 400°F or a small saucepan filled with two inches of oil. Fry the wontons until they turn golden brown and crispy.

fried wontons

Serving Suggestions

I served my cabbage wontons alongside sweet and sour sauce and a steak stir fry! These bite-sized morsels are packed with awesomeness and make a perfect addition to any meal.

plated wontons

Tips to Making Homemade Cabbage Wontons

  • Properly seal the wontons: Ensure that the edges of the wonton wrappers are sealed tightly to prevent the filling from leaking during frying. Press firmly and use water or oil to create a good seal.
  • Prevent wontons from sticking: Place the assembled wontons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or dusted with cornstarch to prevent sticking before frying.
  • Maintain the oil temperature: Keep an eye on the oil temperature while frying to ensure even cooking. If the oil is too hot, the wontons may brown too quickly on the outside while remaining undercooked inside.
  • Avoid overcrowding: Fry the wontons in batches, leaving enough space in the pan or fryer for them to cook evenly. Crowding the pan can lower the oil temperature and result in greasy, soggy wontons.
  • Adjust frying time if needed: If the wontons are browning too quickly, reduce the frying time slightly to ensure they are cooked through without burning.
  • Drain excess oil: After frying, place the cooked wontons on a paper towel-lined plate or a wire rack to drain any excess oil and maintain their crispiness.
  • Serve immediately: Enjoy the wontons while they are hot and crispy for the best taste and texture. They tend to lose their crispness if left out for too long.

Enjoy these quick and affordable cabbage wontons, Hungry People! They’re a delightful alternative to traditional egg rolls and a fun way to enjoy the flavors you love in a more manageable size. Stay hungry and happy cooking!


Cabbage Wontons

The Starving Chef
Crispy, bite-sized parcels filled with sautéed cabbage, soy sauce, and garlic, perfect for a delicious appetizer or side dish.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Per Batch 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Finger Food
Servings 10 wontons


  • 2 cups cabbage or cole slaw mix shredded
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 10-15 wonton wrappers
  • 1 teaspoon water or oil for sealing
  • 2-3 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • Preheat a deep fryer or heat a few inches of vegetable oil in a large pot or deep fryer until shimmering.
  • In a small skillet, pour the cabbage in with a tablespoon of oil and sauté until wilted. Add the soy sauce and stir until the moisture is mostly evaporated. Remove from the pan and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  • Use a 1/2 tablespoon to measure out the filling for each wonton wrapper. Place a mound of filling in the center of each wrapper, then seal the edges together with a touch of water. Pinch the edges closed.
  • Deep fry the wontons for 2-3 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  • Serve the cabbage wontons right away alongside some stir fry and enjoy!
Keyword cabbage, deep fried, wonton
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